The idea behind the app is simple: To connect fans with more live sports and ESPN content, but with a subscription model that's not connected to a normal cable subscription.
ESPN+ will feature more than 180 MLB baseball games, 250 MLS soccer games, live coverage of 31 PGA Tour events, "Top Rank Boxing on ESPN", original content like "30 for 30", and "thousands of live college sports events" from non-power conferences, according to USA Today.
ESPN President and Co-Chair James Pitaro stated, "ESPN was built on a belief in innovation and the powerful connection between sports and a remarkable array of fans".
On Monday, ESPN announced the release date of their direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service ESPN+, which will officially hit the market on Thursday, April 12. And for those with no interest in sports but who are invested in Disney's upcoming streaming service, ESPN+ will be an important technological test case. The first boxing match the app will show is the Amir Khan versus Phil Lo Greco fight on April 21'st.
ESPN+ will be integrated into a new version of ESPN's existing app, which subscribers to a TV bundle can already access.
However, it still doesn't get you ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, etc. Soccer fans, meanwhile, will have exclusive access to full Major League Soccer out-of-market schedule, and Chicago-area subscribers will be able to view in-market Chicago Fire matches. Out-of-market National Hockey League games will also be available for purchase starting with the 2018-19 season.
NHL - One free game per day (again local blackouts apply) with the NHL.TV package available for purchase.
Users do not need a cable subscription to subscribe to ESPN+. And don't expect to see the next North Carolina-Duke college basketball match-up on ESPN+ when it can deliver big ratings on one of the main ESPN channels. Not only did Minneapolis host Super Bowl 52, the Final Four, and the X Games, but our own, often beleaguered sports teams have been fighting there way to respectability as well.